Australia has a multicultural population, with approximately 30% of the population from diverse backgrounds. We will propose a program of research encompassing the development of assessment processes and also interventions, addressing the diverse needs of this population, Proposed research will build upon work already undertaken by the team in collaboration with Education Queensland including Milpera State School. Methodologies to date have been broadly based, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. These have included the examination of psychometric properties of scales and implementation and evaluation of programs including arts-based strengths-based approaches.
Future studies may include a range of potential projects, including identifying novel ways of undertaking culturally valid assessments, incidence and prevalence studies, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of ecologically valid programs addressing the needs of specific groups of people, including those who may have dealt with traumatic events.
Proposed programs of research will have implications for global approaches to mental health. International collaborations will be encouraged.
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